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He had been bothered by no fine qualms about abandoning herself.

So she made no objection to his abandoning his desk in the house of Dunbar, Dunbar, and Balderby.

"It's never a day for abandoning what has been dear to one," replied Florence.

They had no thought of abandoning any of their pursuits or pleasures, be they never so deplorable.

For a moment that seemed like treachery, like an abandoning of Hermione.

His victory made him uneasy, yet he saw no way of abandoning it with decorum.

He had been within an ace of abandoning his historical mission.

I at once came to the resolution of abandoning the case, and so I told my colleague.

Abandoning his controls for an instant, Damis looked into one of the observers.

But, in the mean time, are you right in abandoning this property, and your country with it?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to give up, surrender (oneself or something), give over utterly; to yield (oneself) utterly (to religion, fornication, etc.)," from Old French abandoner (12c.), from adverbial phrase à bandon "at will, at discretion," from à "at, to" (see ad-) + bandon "power, jurisdiction," from Latin bannum, "proclamation," from a Frankish word related to ban (v.).

Etymologically, the word carries a sense of "put someone under someone else's control." Meaning "to give up absolutely" is from late 14c. Related: Abandoned; abandoning.

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